25 September 2007

California: Persian hereditary diseases, October 11

Today, family historians and genealogists are also interested in tracing their families' medical histories.

Although the pursuit of genealogy is not yet as common among Iranian Jews as in other communities, I was happy to see that a free upcoming seminar on hereditary diseases has been scheduled for the Iranian Jewish community.

It will be held at 7 p.m., October 11, at the Iranian congregation Nessah Educational and Cultural Center, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, California.

Topics and presenters include:

*Introduction: Faramarz Naeim, MD; Professor Emeritus UCLA, Director of Hematopathology, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

*Diagnosis, preventive measures and counseling: Wayne Grody, MD; PhD, Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics, Director of Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, UCLA

*Prevalence in Iranian Jewish Community: Siavash Kurdistani, MD; Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry, UCLA.

*Therapeutic approaches: Richard A. Galti, MD, Distinguished Professor of pathology and Co-Director of Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, UCLA.

Some presentations will be in English, with Farsi translation. The program is sponsored by the Fariborz Fred Matloob chapter of Bnai Brith as part of its series of educational conferences in memory of Parviz Pirnazar, M.D.

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